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Spring into Smyth Public Library

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

April is Poetry month so pick out a volume or two and be swept away by verse or be inspired to script your own.

“Never let anyone lower your goals. Others’ expectations of you are determined by their limitations of life. The sky is your limit, sons. Always shoot for the sun and you will shine”.-Kwame Alexander, The Crossover
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children. Kwame believes that poetry can change the world.

Come join us on Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm, for Night Telescope Stargazing
Given by an instructor from the NH Astronomical Society (including outdoor guided moon watch weather permitting)
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

We are also extremely pleased to present our new Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which will be available for individual patron checkout. This is provided to the library through the generous donation of the Friends of Smyth Public Library. We hope you will try it out and enjoy these crystal clear spring skies!
“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” ― John Lubbock

More Upcoming programs and “How To” nights featuring local skilled artisans:

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm How to Painting class with Holly Rousseau from the Currier Art Museum
In this beginner level painting class for teens and adults, students will begin by exploring Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Seated in a Chair” (on view at the Currier Museum of Art). Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then use this inspiration to create Cubist style portraits in colorful acrylic paints.

Thursday, April 6, 6 pm, Artisan bread baking-come learn to make Italian bread with Jodi Hedstrom

Wednesday, April 12, 6 pm, Reptile and Raptor Wildlife Program with Maine Center for Wildlife Instructor, Sarah Kern

Wednesday, April 19, 6 pm-El Camino Trail Walk- visual presentation by local author Christy Day

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 pm CPR/AED training rescheduled-(class is full, but watch for another offering in the fall)

Monday, April 24, 6 pm How To Volunteering. Join us for easy, fun and enriching ways you can help your world.

Tuesday, April 25, How To Retirement Planning Strategies; sponsored by SOFA (two available sessions 2:30-4 pm and 6-7:30 pm)-please sign up.

Thursday, April 27, 6 pm-Turtles with Suzanne Peterson from Lamprey River Action Committee.

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 pm – How To Memoir Writing with Nicole Escobar. Come and learn to share your story!

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 pm – Get Outside! Candia
Presented by The Conservation and Heritage Commission in conjunction with Bear Paw:
There are many acres of conservation land in Candia and Bear-Paw has helped protect some of those as part of our efforts to protect the region’s water, wildlife, forests, and farmlands. Where are all these places? Are they open to the public? How do you get to them? Do they have trails? Is there parking? What is there to see when you get there? Why were they conserved? Come find out! Conservation Commission, Heritage Commission, and Bear Paw members will highlight conserved lands and will share their favorite Candia walks.

Also coming soon-NEW “How To” and program nights:
*Artisan bread baking (Part II)-come learn to make more bread with Jodi Hedstrom, Thursday, May 11, 6 pm,
*Lighthouses in New England with Jeremy D’Entremont; Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm
*Yankee Ingenuity: Stories of Headstrong and Resourceful People presented by Jo Radner; Wednesday, May 24, 6 pm
*Trivia Night Contest, Thursday, June 8, 7 pm (gather a team and sign up for fun, food and prizes)
*How To Gentle Yoga, Wednesday, June 14. 7:30 pm with Pauline Fabiano

Exciting new TEEN events!

New Special Teen Kick Off Vacation Movie Night, featuring, “Fantastic Beasts” PG13-April 21, 6 pm.
Teen Creative Club held on the third Monday of each month at 5 pm.
Next Meeting: April 17, Stained Glass
Upcoming months featuring: Skin Care; Lightbulb art; Poetry and Creative writing

Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12)
First Monday of each month at 5 pm with free pizza for all who sign up!
Next Meeting: April 3 discussing Poetry

New FFF!
April 7; First Friday Family Game Nights 6:30 pm
Come relax and play FUN games together.
Future Friday Features: Card games; Jacks; Carnival; Dominoes; Minute to win it; Giant Yahtzee; Quidditch
Next Monthly Family Movie Night on Friday, April 28, 6 pm, featuring “Moana” Rated PG. Join us for popcorn and a movie!
These events are free and open to the public. Please call the library for further information at 483-8245. We look forward to hosting and hope to see you there!

Ongoing Programs:

Thursday, April 27, 7:30pm Monthly Reading Group

April feature: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (pick up your copy at the front desk)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER-Soon to be an HBO Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Drop in Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided, every Friday 6-7 pm. (packets also available for use in library anytime we are open)

Fridays, April 14 and 28 at 6:30 pm

SEEKING WRITERS of all levels and abilities!

We have a wonderful writing group at Smyth Public Library on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Please let us know if you would like to be a part and sign up or just come by and start writing.


Friday, April 14 at 6 pm. Special NEW Snap Circuit Night. Come create and build your own board of electrical inventions. Build over 175 exciting projects now with lights. All new kits and all ages welcome! Have fun learning all about electronics!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS! Please sign up at the Front desk!

Book Clubs!
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm; Meeting: April 20th (Hour of the Olympics by M. Osborne)
Third & Fourth Grade Book Club– Wednesday, April 12th (A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky)
Fifth Grade Book Club– Wednesday, April 19th (Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson)

Math and Mischief Club-(K-3)
First and Third Monday 4pm
Meeting: April 3 and 17 featuring “Geometry Boards”

Mad Scientist Club-(K-3)
Second and Fourth Monday 4pm
Meeting: April 10 and 24 featuring “The Human Body”

Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday 3pm
Meeting: April 6 featuring Hot Air Balloons

Creative Writing Club (Grades 4-7)
Second Thursday 3pm
Meeting: April 13 featuring Poetry

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
NEW “Drop In” Read to Simon Monday afternoons for 15 minute slots. Call Gwen at 483-8245 for more information.
Why is reading to a dog educational AND fun? Because Simon is soft, furry and warm and he loves the attention you give him when you practice your reading out-loud skills! In the Children’s Library Room ~ one-on-one with Ms. Gwen and Simon present. (Simon and Gwen Paprocki are certified through Therapy Dogs International) Please sign up if interested.

Children’s Monday Night Sewing Club 6:30 pm- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.

More Exciting Children’s program:
*Storytime with Samantha on Thursdays 10 am (ages: preschool and babies welcome) PJ Storytime second Friday of each month 6pm! April 14-“Ducks”; May 11-Suzanne Peterson shares her new book on the Lamprey River

* Monthly FUN Night-(first Friday of each month) Family Game night with snacks!

*Snap Circuits: (2nd Friday of each month 6:30 pm) Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications.

*Monthly Lego night -Third Friday of the month 6:30pm-all ages welcome.

*CALDECOTT CHALLENGE – read through the award winning titles on your own or with a friend

*1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten- Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents


Local Fun Family Ideas for April Weekends:

Saturday, April 1, Spring Farm Fair at Millcreek Dairy in Chester (

Saturday, April 8, Earth Day outdoor fun at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn (

Saturday, April 15, 10 am, Aviation Museum Easter Egg Hunt, (

Saturday, April 22, 9 am, Run for marine mammals at the Seacoast Science Center (

Saturday, April 29, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day for outdoor recreation fun (

ALSO, Don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome variety of museum passes. Here are some to consider during the April vacation break: Note-You can now reserve online at (Museum Pass tab)

NEW Museum Pass Available til June 30th! NEAq_logo_2010
New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston MA

The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region. (Open daily 9-5)

Aviation Museum
Children’s Museum of NH
Currier Museum of Art
Libby Museum
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park
SEE Science Center
Squam Lakes Science Center
Strawbery Banke

Please visit the Smyth Library In House Book Sale.
Thanks to all who attended the annual book sale. If you missed it or want more, please visit our in-house book sale. We have a brand new selection to choose from. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Smyth Library. Also, if you are looking for a suggestion, please ask, we would love to help you find some new literary adventures to borrow or buy for your own! Hidden treasure awaits you at Smyth Public Library, come and discover!
(Also, Two book bags for sale with details, “Smyth Public Library” or “Keep Calm and Read On”.)

Special Art Exhibits through the end of the April at the Smyth Library Art Gallery:

Come see the beautiful and creative work by local author Rebecca Field, and a photographer from the Concord area. Come see her work published in her book, “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity”.
Please stop by and enjoy the photographs, but please do not touch. Thank you.

In May, come enjoy the beautiful creations of our local youth from our library programs.

Also, by the display cabinet, Lisa Cote showcases some of the award winning ‘Stitching Up the World’ knitting creations.

Please pass the word to artists and artisans of the Smyth Library art gallery’s new oak display shelves. We would love to present local art work and look forward to hosting new pieces soon.

We hope you enjoy these exhibits!


Smyth Library has available:

2017 Candia Conservation Calendars-Local scenery featured by Candia’s own talented photographers. ($10 to the Candia Conservation Commission-all proceeds go toward sending a Candia student to Barry Conservation camp)

Candia Walking Tour Guides to Candia Village, East Candia and Meetinghouse Hill ($2 each or $5 for all three to the Heritage Commission)

A Sense of Place: Candia’s Past & Present 1763-2014 A Compilation of Town Tributes, Personal Histories & Cherished Memories in Celebration of the Semiquincentennial ($15 to the Heritage Commission) Water Powered Mill Sites in Candia, New Hampshire ($20 to the Heritage Commission)

Also now available: Free Tax forms and instruction books for 1040/1040A/1040EZ as well as other printable forms.

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Please see our Smyth Library Calendar and “At A Glance” April Happenings attached or on our website! Print out, post up and don’t miss anything!

Keep Smiling!
Heidi and Staff
“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Smyth Public Library
55 High Street
Candia, NH 03034

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